I was made aware of the importance of this point two years ago when I attended a lecture given by an Instructor from Japan at the Kumon China Instructors Conference.
I was in total agreement with that Instructor regarding the great importance of instruction soon after enrollment. It is the Instructor’s duty to comprehensively carry out instruction from the moment that students enroll in Kumon so as to enable them to develop their intelligence of their own accord.
In order to do that I have to have a very clear understanding of the worksheets and also have a very clear understanding of the current learning situation of each student in my Center. I have to know what each student is thinking, how they are taking on the challenge of the worksheets, and how to evaluate their successes. I also want to learn how students are approaching examples and how they are solving each worksheet.
I feel sorry that I wasn’t able to fully understand the situation of that student who stopped coming to my Center. Nonetheless, that experience made me realize that I still have a lot to learn and provided me with added motivation. Instructors can continuously learn at a deeper level by carefully analyzing the cases of each student we instruct. Therefore, it is up to us to instruct more and more students so that we will have a greater number of student case studies to learn from.